Our third meeting!

We were able to get back on track for our third meeting (maybe it’s our second…I still have baby brain). Either way there were six of us present this time around! We’re slowly growing and that’s awesome. At this meeting we discussed A Scandal in Bohemia and The Red Headed League. Both fine introductions to Holmes, if the longer novels seem a little too daunting.

During our discussion of the two stories we naturally discussed Granada and BBC’s versions of SCAN. Brett was phenomenal and while the BBC’s version took it to a different place, most of us found it to still be a good representation of the story. In all we had a marvelous time and plan to meet again at the end of June. Check our Facebook page for more information on the next meetings.

Next week I head to Baltimore for A Scintillation of Scions! I’m very excited as this will be my second non-con Sherlockian experience. Someone remind me to bring our cards to the event please and thank you!


A Study in Bull Pups?

Thank you Stamford!
Thank you Stamford!

Today marked the second meeting of the Avenging Winters of Albany! We had five members in attendance to discuss A Study in Scarlet. Having never hosted a meeting like this before I wasn’t sure what to expect (or what to do frankly, but I’m told I did well). It was no accident that I chose a red table cloth for the food spread or that I wore a certain fannish shirt for the meeting. After all we were discussing STUD.

We opted to discuss what we like about the  book and discussed our own theories about this first book. One had to do with why Sherlock Holmes, who seemed perfectly happy to live on his own would choose to have a roommate. Some thought perhaps he did need to money to afford the flat in Baker Street. While others thought perhaps it had to do with him needing a cheerleader of sorts to build him up when he was being brilliant?

Then there was the question of the bull pup that Watson kept. Was it actually a real live creature kept in Baker Street, or perhaps a weapon, or (and I think we all agree) was he warning Holmes that he had a bit of a temper. One of our members RM suggested that bull pup as they found out was slang for temper or bad mood. As we fleshed this out further it seems more likely that Dr. Watson was warning Holmes that he could sometimes be less than charming at times. After all could you really see Holmes putting up with a bull pup in the flat? We all thought said creature might meet it’s end rather quickly (see Gladstone in the RDJ films). I’d be interested to hear what the John H. Watson Society has to say about this, as their members are given the name of a Bull Pup upon joining.

We also discussed “The Mormon bit”, while it is a bit long and heavy to read, it does offer quite a bit of insight into the tale of Mr. Hope. I’ll admit to not understanding it when reading it when I was 17 years old, though I did understand it better when I reread it at around 22. Sometimes age makes all the difference!

There was also talk about the different TV shows that borrow from Holmes and Watson…which the group seemed to agree that House, MD is the closes match to Holmes and Watson with the relationship between House and Wilson. In all it was a lively discussion that thankfully my little one napped through upstairs. But he happily put in an appearance at the end of the meeting.

Our next meeting will be in October where we tackle A Scandal in Bohemia and The Read-headed League. Join us won’t you (more information on our Facebook Page?


Yet another update

Our first meeting was held at a local tea establishment back in April? I think it was April. Time really runs together when you have a little one “running” about (thankfully he isn’t running…yet).

Right back to said meeting. There were five of us in attendance. At the meeting we discussed what we hoped to discuss at future meetings and what brought us to the Canon. We also discussed the most recent convention in Atlanta which included likes and dislikes and hopes for next years event/panels.

We agreed to try to meet every other month and set the next meeting for 7/31 (the June meeting was pushed off due to a scheduling conflict – never forget your mothers birthday). At this meeting we’ll be taking it back to where it all started with A Study in Scarlet. Stay tuned for notes from that meeting.